SOURCE: OR-Live, Inc.

May 15, 2008 16:07 ET

ORLive Presents: Deep Brain Stimulation

Live Webcast: From Vanderbilt University Medical Center: May 28, 2008 at 4:00 PM CDT (21:00 UTC)

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - On May 28th at 4:00 p.m., Vanderbilt Medical Center neurosurgeons and neurologists will be online at demonstrating their 4-stage innovative technique used for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Deep brain stimulation therapy utilizes an implantable neuro-stimulator to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia.

Tens of thousands of people who experience movement disorders associated with Parkinson's, and a variety of other neurological conditions, stand to benefit from a new guidance system developed by Vanderbilt researchers that uses computerized brain-mapping techniques to significantly improve DBS surgery.

DBS has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of movement disorders when standard drug therapies either do not work or have lost their effectiveness.

In order to perform DBS surgery, physicians in the past used a heavy metal frame to stabilize the patient's head for imaging and during the lengthy procedure. For the past four years, Vanderbilt has been the pioneering medical center for testing a customized miniature stereotactic platform, which has proved much more comfortable to patients, and provided better accuracy for locating critical areas during surgery.

Peter Konrad, M.D., associate professor of Neurosurgery, along with Vanderbilt biomedical engineers, have also pioneered the use of a computer-aided system from planning to intra-operative guidance for the placement of DBS electrodes. This system is used to analyze electrophysiological information to resolve structures not visible in anatomic images, thus improving both preoperative and intra-operative guidance.

Join us on May 28th, from 4-5pm, with Vanderbilt neurosurgeons Peter Konrad and Joseph Neimat, and neurologists Tom Davis and Fenna Phibbs, for an hour-long webcast demonstrating the 4-stages of this innovative procedure.

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